If you’ve been reading my previous emails and blog posts, you probably know that gut health is a topic I love talking about! Gut health is SO important because 70-80% of the immune system is found in the gut. In addition, many health experts (including Hippocrates – considered one of the most important figures in the history of medicine) believe that ALL disease begins in the gut. In order to keep our gut healthy, we must maintain a healthy balance between beneficial and harmful bacteria in the gut.
Kombucha is a beverage produced by fermenting sweet tea. The sweet tea is fermented using a SCOBY (an acronym for Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria & Yeast). During the fermentation process, the sugar in the sweet tea feeds the colony of bacteria and yeast, and in turn, the SCOBY provides us with beneficial probiotics, enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients. Consuming a fermented beverage such as kombucha is one way we can replenish beneficial bacteria in the gut and improve overall health!
Kombucha provides us with many nutrients and health benefits, some of which are listed below:
Now that you have a better understanding of some of the health benefits of kombucha, I want to tell you how to make it!
Ingredients for One Gallon of Kombucha:
**The ingredient measurements can be adjusted for different batch sizes. For example, if you were brewing two gallons of kombucha, you would brew two gallons of sweet tea using 2 cups of cane sugar and 16 tea bags. In addition, you would need 2 cups of kombucha as a “starter.”
How to Make One Gallon of Kombucha (in 6 easy steps):
Here is the link to the YouTube video I promised.
Kombucha can be purchased in many grocery and health food stores, so why make it at home?
Purchasing kombucha can be very expensive: most 16 oz. bottles of kombucha are at least $3, but sometimes as much as $5 per bottle. If kombucha is something you wish to consume regularly, purchasing it could become a burden on your wallet. Because you can make an entire gallon of kombucha using only 8 tea bags and 1 cup of cane sugar, making kombucha at home is very cost effective!
Plus, it takes minimal time to make kombucha! And when I say minimal time, I’m talking about the amount of time it takes to brew sweet tea: no more than 10 to 15 minutes. (Personally, I can’t make it to my local health food store to pick up a bottle of kombucha and back home in that amount of time).
Note: When learning about kombucha, some people become concerned about the sugar content. However, the beneficial bacteria in the SCOBY consume the large majority of the sugar used; the sugar is used to “feed” the bacteria. Without it, the bacteria would (quite literally) starve and die. By the time the kombucha is fermented, there is very little (if any) sugar left in the tea. What remain are beneficial probiotics, enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients – all things necessary for good health!
Another thing to keep in mind is the importance of only using glass and/or plastic when making kombucha. You’ll want to stay away from metal, as it can be damaging to the beneficial bacteria in the SCOBY.
Restore the beneficial probiotics in your gut without killing your budget; brew kombucha at home!
View my SCOBY Sharing page here and don't forget to schedule your live blood cell screening.
It is extremely important that we maintain a healthy amount of beneficial probiotics in the gut. A live blood cell screening can and will reveal fermentation, which is a byproduct of yeast and fungus. This is the result of not enough beneficial bacteria in the gut.
For additional information about gut health, you’ll want to refer to my previous blog posts Are You Experiencing Symptoms of Gut Dysbiosis? and If You’ve Ever Taken an Antibiotic, You’ll Want to Read This!
Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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